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In the Shadow of the Sword
The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47365-3 (0-307-47365-1)

A thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of Rubicon and Persian Fire.

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history—the... Read more >
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On Saudi Arabia
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future
Written by Karen Elliott House


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47328-8 (0-307-47328-7)

A New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek Best Book of the Year

With over thirty years of experience writing about Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Karen Elliott House has an unprecedented knowledge of life inside this shrouded kingdom. Through anecdotes, observation, analysis, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On Saudi Arabia
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future
Written by Karen Elliott House


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27216-4 (0-307-27216-8)

From the Pulitzer Prize—winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia–as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal–an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future.

Through... Read more >
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Basti

Written by Intizar Husain
Translated by Frances W. Pritchett
Introduction by Asif Farrukhi


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 26, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-582-8 (1-59017-582-4)

Basti is the great Pakistani novel, a beautifully written, brilliantly inventive reckoning with the violent history of a country whose turbulence, ambitions, and uncertainties increasingly concern the whole world.

In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, in which groups of people come together to... Read more >
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The Al Qaeda Reader
The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization
Edited by Raymond Ibrahim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2262-3 (0-7679-2262-X)

What do our enemies believe?  What motivates their war against the West?  What is their vision of the ideal Islamic society?  Surprisingly, more than five years after 9/11, there is very little understanding of these questions. 

Despite our tendency to dismiss Islamic extremism as profoundly irrational, al-Qaeda is not without a... Read more >
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Love in a Headscarf

Written by Shelina Janmohamed


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0080-9 (0-8070-0080-9)

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected where the journey would take her...

Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more... Read more >
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Eastward to Tartary
Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70576-2 (0-375-70576-7)

Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart of a volatile region, stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line... Read more >

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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6983-5 (1-4000-6983-1)

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
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Soldiers of God
With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3025-5 (1-4000-3025-0)

World affairs expert and intrepid travel journalist Robert D. Kaplan braved the dangers of war-ravaged Afghanistan in the 1980s, living among the mujahidin—the “soldiers of god”—whose unwavering devotion to Islam fueled their mission to oust the formidable Soviet invaders. In Soldiers of God we follow Kaplan’s extraordinary journey and learn how... Read more >
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Parting the Desert
The Creation of the Suez Canal
Written by Zachary Karabell


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70812-1 (0-375-70812-X)

Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century—the building of the Suez Canal—and shows how it changed the world.

The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps... Read more >
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The Iraq War
The Military Offensive, from Victory in 21 Days to the Insurgent Aftermath
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 24, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7920-9 (1-4000-7920-9)

The 2003 Iraq war remains among the most mysterious armed conflicts of modernity. In The Iraq War, John Keegan offers a sharp and lucid appraisal of the military campaign, explaining just how the coalition forces defeated an Iraqi army twice its size and addressing such questions as whether Saddam Hussein ever... Read more >
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Martyrs' Day
Chronicle of a Small War
Written by Michael Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 26, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3036-1 (1-4000-3036-6)

Michael Kelly, who traveled through every country touched by the Gulf War, moved about as a free-lance journalist for the Boston Globe and the New Republic. He traveled through much of the Middle East during and after the Gulf War, watching the bombs fall on Baghdad and waiting for Scuds in... Read more >

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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3324-1 (0-8070-3324-3)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4475-9 (0-8070-4475-X)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Iron Cage
The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0309-1 (0-8070-0309-3)

At a time when a lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis seems virtually unattainable, understanding the roots of their conflict is an essential step in restoring hope to the region. In The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi, one of the most respected historians and political observers of the Middle East... Read more >
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Resurrecting Empire
Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0235-3 (0-8070-0235-6)

Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi’s powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and cultural history of... Read more >
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Sowing Crisis
The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0311-4 (0-8070-0311-5)

Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war... Read more >
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The Second World
How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Parag Khanna


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7984-8 (0-8129-7984-2)

In The Second World, scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America’s future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia... Read more >
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Light without Fire
The Making of America's First Muslim College
Written by Scott Korb


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0163-9 (0-8070-0163-5)

The first extended look into the nation’s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College
Light Without Fire closely follows the inaugural class of Zaytuna College, the nation’s first four-year Muslim college, whose mission is to establish a thoroughly American, academically rigorous, and traditional indigenous Islam. Korb offers portraits of the school’s... Read more >
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In Search of Zarathustra
Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3142-9 (1-4000-3142-7)

A fascinating journey through time and across Europe and Central Asia, in search of the prophet Zarathustra (a.k.a. Zoroaster)—perhaps the greatest religious lawgiver of the ancient world—and his vast influence.

In Persia more than three thousand years ago, Zarathustra spoke of a single universal god, the battle between good and evil, the... Read more >
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The Muslims Are Coming!
Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Written by Arun Kundnani


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-159-6 (1-78168-159-7)

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist... Read more >
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The Arabs
Journeys Beyond the Mirage
Written by David Lamb


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3041-5 (1-4000-3041-2)

The Arabs is widely considered one of the essential books for understanding the Middle East and the peoples who live there. David Lamb, who spent years as a correspondent in Cairo, explores the Arabs’ religious, political, and cultural views, noting the differences and key similarities between the many segments of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arik
The Life of Ariel Sharon
Written by David Landau


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 10, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4241-8 (1-4000-4241-0)

From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in... Read more >
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A History of Zionism
From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
Written by Walter Laqueur


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 20, 2003
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1149-8 (0-8052-1149-7)

With a new preface by the author

The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.

Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became... Read more >
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